The Inn at Merridun

100 Merridun Place, Union, South Carolina 29379
Innkeeper(s): Peggy Waller
  • Introduction

    The Inn at Merridun - Union, South CarolinaWelcome to the Inn at Merridun, we've been waiting for your visit! If you're looking for accommodations in Columbia, Greenville, and Spartanburg, South Carolina, or Charlotte, North Carolina, we are located in Union, South Carolina a little over an hour away! We invite you to make Merridun your home away from home. Join us in a small Southern college town where you are offered the opportunity to savor life at a more leisurely pace.

    The Inn at Merridun was featured in the July 1998 issue of Southern Living magazine!

    The Inn at Merridun, bedroom

    Merridun, an antebellum mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is surrounded by shady oaks and century old magnolias and is located in the gently rolling upstate region of South Carolina. The nine-acre property is located in the tranquil community of Union, South Carolina. The mansion, although very secluded, is only 3-4 blocks from the main section of downtown Union. Now one of the most regal homes in this city of colonnaded mansions, the originally Georgian styled house was built in 1855-57 by William Keenan, a local merchant and {also intendant (mayor) of Union} in 1855. The property at that time included 4000 acres and was known as Keenan Plantation.

    Look at the beautiful colonnaded homes General Sherman missed. See the South in its colorful splendor--blooming azaleas, magnolias and wisteria.

    Listen can you hear the birds and squirrels? the train in the distance?or the soft strains of Mozart and Beethoven?

    Smell the clean air, the warm chocolate of freshly baked cookies, country suppers in the oven, the fragrance of freshly cut blossoms.

    Come. Merridun beckons you to sit on her marble verandas, sip an iced drink and relive memories of a bygone era. Partake of Merridun's charm and hospitality just once-- we think you'll want to return!

    Welcome to Union, South Carolina

    Union is situated in the Piedmont Region of South Carolina, convenient to the major metropolitan areas of Greenville, Columbia and Charlotte. Union County was named for the old Union Church near the present day town of Union. The area was settled in the mid 1700s when Scotch-Irish settlers immigrated to South Carolina from Virginia and Pennsylvania. The town includes historic sites and architecture such as the Union County Courthouse, a neoclassical Greek building; the old Union jail, designed by Roberts Mills and built in 1823; the Culp House, a Greek revival style structure; and the Gothic-style Episcopal Church of the Nativity. Just minutes from downtown Union, Rose Hill Plantation State Historic Site offers a look at antebellum South Carolina in a serene, rural setting. It's also the historic home of South Carolina's "Secession Governor," William H. Gist. Excerpt from

    Not only a great place to spend the night, but a wonderful place to begin your day!

  • Area Information

    The Inn at Merridun, front view

    Union County was named for the old Union Church, erected in 1765 near the present day town of Union. The early settlers in the area were mainly Scotch-Irish from Virginia and Pennsylvania who began immigrating to the South Carolina upcountry in the 1750s.

    Union County residents take great pride in their pioneering roots that date back to the country's birth. That underlying strength has endured providing the community with a strong sense of pride and cooperation...cooperation that helps its citizens work together to build a prosperous future.

    A rich and fabled history provides the foundation for much of the county's allure. Union County was the scene of several significant battles during the Revolutionary War, including the battles of Musgrove's Mill (August 18, 1780), and the Battle of Blackstock (November 20, 1780).

    But, there is much more to Union. The people exhibit a strong character and friendliness that is hard to find. Civic clubs, and over 100 Churches are an integral part of life here, sponsoring programs that help the needy, provide support for senior citizens, and work with young people.

    Leisure and Activities

    Union County's lifestyle offers a variety of opportunities for leisure activities and relaxation. Golf, tennis, youth sports, championship high school athletic programs, a national championship ROTC rifle team, and a host of outdoor recreational opportunities highlight Union County's quality of life. When added to very affordable housing with a number of architectural choices.

    For the outdoor enthusiast, Union County offers considerable resources for hunting, fishing, boating, fishing, camping, or simply relaxing in the great outdoors. Nearly 55,000 acres of the County have been reserved as part of the Sumter National Forest which is nationally known for its abundance of deer and wild turkey. Thousands of hunters converge on Union County each year during turkey and deer season to take part in some of the best hunting in the country.

    The Inn at Merridun, staircase

    The scenic Broad River flows through Union County and the Upstate of South Carolina, not only providing electricity, but serving as a recreation source for those who enjoy canoe trips, sliding past pine forests and getting an opportunity to enjoy nature upclose. 24-mile stretch along the Tyger River in Union County is designated as the Tyger River Float Trip and a 30-mile stretch along the Enoree River provides another enjoyable boating excursion for those who love the water and nature. The Palmetto Trail, a hiking and camping path which stretches from the mountains to the Atlantic coast will cross a 25-mile length of Union County when completed.

    Fishermen enjoy the county's five lakes where they fish for bream, bass, and catfish. In addition to the Broad, Tyger, Pacolet, and Enoree Rivers, Union County residents are within a short drive to several lakes with excellent fishing, camping, and watersport opportunities.

    Union County has always played an integral role in the history of South Carolina. From Revolutionary War battles, to antebellum plantations, and a legacy of Civil War history, Union County residents are proud of their past. Rose Hill Plantation State Park offers a nostalgic look at the antebellum South. Located just minutes from downtown Union, Rose Hill State Park provides visitors with an array of activities on the grounds of the home of the former secession Governor of South Carolina, Henry Gist. Built between 1828-1832, Rose Hill Plantation has been beautifully restored and visitors can enjoy tours of the home and gardens. The park also offers picnic areas, walking and bike trails, and nature trails. Excerpt from

  • How to Find Us

    The Inn at Merridun, house cat From Columbia:

    1. Take I-26 north
    2. Exit 72 to Union (30 miles) on SC 121, then US 176
    3. In Union, take 176 Bypass to Rice Avenue (Bi-Lo and Pizza Hut on your left)
    4. Right on Rice then about 3/4 mile to right on Hicks Avenue; immediate right into Inn driveway

    From Greenville/Spartanburg:

    1. I-85 (Exit 5 - Business Loop) to US 176 East to Union (about 30 miles)
    2. Enter Union on 176 Bypass
    3. Left on Rice Avenue (Bi-Lo and Pizza Hut on right)
    4. Go about 3/4 mile to right on Hicks Avenue; immediate right into Inn driveway

    From Charlotte:

    1. I-77 South (Exit Carowinds Blvd or Arrowwood Blvd) to SC 49 South to Union (about 65 miles)
    2. SC 49 makes right turn on Arthur Blvd., go through 3 stop lights (road name will become Rice Ave.)
    3. After the third light, immediately get into left turn lane
    4. Left on Hicks Avenue, then an immediate right into Inn driveway